Monday, September 25, 2006

A Few Good Men Books

One of our more recent philosophers said, "The trouble with reading books is that there is so much in them that isn't so." So I am suspicious of all books, including the few that I am so fond of that I re-read them, some frequently.

On the matter of wealth, the top of the list is The Richest Man in Babylon; what he said was that to be rich, we should put away the first ten percent of income at least, before we use or spend anything. Soon, we should consider how these "slaves" can work for us, in complete safety. In time, we become very wealthy, of course.

If I have a favourite book, it must be Instincts of the Herd in Peace and War, by Wilfred Trotter, pointing out that enlargement of the group affords protection within the group; this is true from single cells to great societies.

Of Stars and Men takes up the story and emphasizes again that families, villages, cities, nations and leagues of nations all attain strength and variation by the smaller units becoming dependent and giving up some functions. Today we see world becoming more and more of a unit, with resulting internal pressures and clashes by formerly independent states, cultures and religions.

My list is not very long before I hasten to add Alice in Wonderland, by a mathematician, for a favourite young friend. It is full of sly, worldly wisdom. Really good books are worth re-reading, again and again. So they do tend to be few.


At 11:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

books like so many people that we meet and in turn read, are invariably the same thing. they both are full of good and bad information and mostly well worth a second look or a lifetime worth of reflection. in any pursuit both increase the fullness of life and reveal much about ourselves.

books and people can both make us money, make us think, bring us discomfort and pain and enlighten us to the trials of the past while showing the follies of our own crazy future sometimes.

the wisdom of it all lays in a simple adage i think, " believe nothing of what you hear and only half of what you see."

this application to life, books and people is simply essential fun. thus it follows, keep reading books and people and eventually you'll know half of everything about something which will invariably lead you to realise that you indeed know very little about everything.

i call it circular logic with a country smile.

... if anything i am trying


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